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Bath seat user tests

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Bath seat test summaries

We carried out user research with a range of bath boards and bath seats. Ten people tried each of the boards and seats for a week, and the features of each were also assessed by expert therapists.

Ascot combined seat and board

Ascot combined seat and boardPrice:  £149.95 - £188.33
Size (length x width x depth):  36 x 32cm
Material:  PVC 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  20 stone / 127kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat:  Yes, in more expensive version
Backrest:   Padded 
Comments:  Easy to fit; heavy; cutaway means seat is narrower
Options:  Standard or cutaway seat

Derby bath seat

Derby bath seatPrice:  £32.49 - £41.89
Size (width x depth):  40 x 20cm
Material:  Cream plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat:  No
Backrest:   No 
Comments:  Seat could wobble; suckers hard to remove
Options:  One other seat height - 20cm, £32.49 - £53.49

Farnham bath seat

Farnham bath seatPrice:  £34.86 - £49.81
Size (width x depth):  40 x 31cm
Material:  Plastic coated steel 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  23 stone / 146kg
Seat height:  14cm below rim of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  Holes
Cutaway seat:  Yes
Backrest: No 
Comments:  Easy to adjust; heavy
Options:  Plastic seat £34.86; padded seat £41.78

Medeci seat

Medeci seatPrice:  £16.95 - £46.67
Size (width x depth):  48-61 x 23cm
Material:  White plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  30 stone / 191kg
Seat height:  15cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  Slats
Cutaway seat:  No
Backrest: No 
Comments:  Width hard to adjust; suckers hard to remove; fills with water
Options:  Other seat heights - 20cm (about £1 more); 30.5cm (about £2 more)

Rentwood bath seat

Rentwood bath seatPrice: £46.00 - £51.49
Size (width x depth):  40 x 22cm
Material: Solid plastic 
Strong enough? (max user weight):  15 stone / 95kg
Seat height:  Adjusts to 15 or 20cm above bottom of bath
Drainage (holes or slats):  No
Cutaway seat: No
Backrest: No 
Comments:  Fiddly to fit
Options:  Padded seat £52

See also Bath board user tests.

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Last updated: August 2018


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